The formula for any good TV series is pretty simple. You need likeable, compelling characters in a familiar but not overly familiar setting. These characters need to be unique but still relatable enough so that they’re not completely different from people you know or have seen on other TV shows.
Thanks to network television and a variety of streaming sites, there’s never a shortage of great shows to choose from. But with so many diverse viewing niches available to audiences, it’s easy for some shows to slip through the cracks.
So while we wait for Baby Yoda to return, here’s a list of new series you might have missed but are totally worth adding to your watch list.
Prodigal Son is a psychological crime drama TV series, created by Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver for the Fox Broadcasting Company.
The series focuses on Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne) whose father, Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen), is the infamous serial killer known as The Surgeon. As a child, Malcolm was responsible for his father’s arrest. In the present, he is a profiler consulting for the New York Police Department. Malcolm’s unique ability to view crimes from the perspective of the killer allows him to pick up on things that others might miss. However, this gift also haunts him, causing him to live in a perpetual state of fear that he will one day succumb to the same sociopathic tendencies as his father.
After a copycat serial killer uses The Surgeon’s methods of killing, Malcolm finds himself drawn back into constant contact with his father as he uses Dr Whitly’s insights to help the police solve gruesome crimes while battling his own inner demons.
Stumptown is based on the graphic novel series of the same name created by Greg Rucka, Matthew Southworth, and Justin Greenwood. The books were adapted for ABC television by writer-producer Jason Richman. For anyone who doesn’t know, Stumptown is a nickname for the city of Portland, Oregon, where the series is set.
The story follows Dex Parios (Cobie Smulders), a sharp-witted military veteran, who does her best to get by and take care of her younger brother. She also suffers from severe PTSD after her time in Afghanistan where she worked in military intelligence. She retired from the service after she was injured in an explosion which also killed her childhood sweetheart and former boyfriend, Benny.
Plagued by guilt over Benny’s death, Dex finds herself drowning in gambling debts and unable to hold down a steady job. But after she successfully rescues Benny’s daughter from kidnappers, Dex decides to become a private investigator with the intention of helping others when the police fail or cannot get involved. With the support of Detective Miles Hoffman (Michael Ealy) and her best friend Grey McConnell (Jake Johnson), Dex slowly starts to put her life back together one case at a time.
Emergence is a mystery-themed thriller TV series created by Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas for ABC Studios.
The series centres on Peconic Bay police chief Jo Evans (Allison Tolman) who finds a young girl near the site of a mysterious plane crash. After she discovers that the girl has no memory of who she is, Jo takes her in and names her Piper. When the mystery surrounding Piper (Alexa Swinton) becomes more intense than expected, Jo starts investigating the events leading up to the accident and the subsequent fallout.
When Piper becomes ill, Jo discovers that she is a humanoid robot that was part of a tech company’s secret project. While Piper, unaware that she is an AI, displays the characteristics of an average ten-year-old, her creators view her as extremely dangerous due to her self-evolving code. Determined to protect the humanoid from those who want her back, Jo risks it all in an attempt to cover up any details of Piper’s existence.
Servant is a psychological horror series created and written by Tony Basgallop. The show, which is co-produced by M. Night Shyamalan, has already been picked up for a second season by Apple TV.
The story follows Sean (Toby Kebbell) and Dorothy (Lauren Ambrose) Turner six weeks after the death of their 13-week-old son, Jericho. The Turners hire a young nanny, Leanne (Nell Tiger Free), to move in and take care of baby Jericho who has been replaced with a reborn doll. The doll, which Dorothy believes is her real child, was the only thing that brought her out of her catatonic state after Jericho’s death.
While Sean is left to grieve his son alone, he becomes deeply suspicious of Leanne after the doll suddenly turns into a real baby. When questioned about it Leanne feigns ignorance by suggesting the doll/baby was real all along. A string of even stranger events follow which cause Sean and his brother-in-law, Julian (Rupert Grint) to investigate the mysterious nanny’s past.
Evil is a supernatural drama series created by Robert King and Michelle King for CBS television. The show has already been renewed for a second season.
The TV series focuses on clinical psychologist, Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers) after she leaves her job as an expert witness for the district attorney’s office. She is soon hired as an independent contractor by David Acosta (Mike Colter), a former journalist studying to be a priest. David also works alongside technical expert and equipment handler, Ben Shakir (Aasif Mandvi). Together they investigate supposed miracles, demonic possession, and other extraordinary occurrences to see if there’s a scientific explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work.
But not everything can be explained away by science. After a while, Kristen starts having nightmares about a demonic presence that may actually be stalking her. Kristen’s young daughters become obsessed with an augmented reality game that conjures up a ghostly girl who taunts them. And unbeknownst to anyone, the DA’s new expert witness starts encouraging wayward members of society to commit unspeakable acts.
Note: The above-mentioned TV series debuted during the 2019/2020 Fall television season in the United States and are available worldwide via your local broadcasters, On Demand, on Catch-up and on streaming sites were applicable.